Monday, April 14, 2008
Williams, Jeffrey J. "M. H. Abrams: a Life in Criticism." CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION April 18, 2008.
In literary studies, M. H. Abrams is an iconic name. It appeared as "general editor" for 40 years on nearly nine million copies of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and has also, in a detail that only scholars would know, led the indexes of many a critical book for a half-century. (In fact, one scholar I know cited "Aarlef" just to avoid that custom.) In addition, Abrams, now 95, stamped the study of Romantic literature: His book The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1953) was ranked 25th in the Modern Library's list of the 100 most important nonfiction books of the 20th century, and he was a prime participant in debates over literary theory, especially deconstruction, during the 1970s and 80s. Last summer I interviewed Abrams . . . Read the entire article here: http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=cn64z8bSg4WrsqnrtnqVpyyCcsc4mtwp.